The YES offers Vancouver Island, British Columbia summer camp programs for 14-18 year olds. Expand your leadership and team building skills while connecting with youth from around the province. We recognize that COVID-19 and other associated social issues have impacted our youth in many different ways, and look forward to providing community spaces that focus on building leadership, resiliency, connection, mental wellness and more. 



Current Grade 

Registration Status

Roots A

Roots B

Pathways A

Pathways B

Roots C

Roots D

July 3 -9 

July 10 - 16


July 24 - 30


July 31 - Aug 6

Aug 14 - 20


Aug 21 - 27

Grade 8 -  9

Grade 9 - 10

Grade 10 - 11

Grade 11 - 12

Grade 8 - 9

Grade 10 - 11


Opens Feb 17

Opens Feb 17

Opens Feb 17

Opens Feb 17 

Opens Feb 17 

Opens Feb 17

Roots Camps


What do we do? Roots is the first level of The YES Program, and focuses on bringing together youth to create a strong, supportive, amazing community with everyone involved. Participants can expect to spend a week being themselves, learning about themselves, and making lifelong friends in the process. Focusing on the values of self-awareness, communication, leadership and co-operation, these retreats are a powerful introduction to co-operative youth leadership in a stimulating wilderness setting. Right on Cowichan Lake, the camps also include options for many outdoor activities including canoeing, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp and some of our favourite camp activities

Who should sign up? Our Roots program is intended for new and returning participants or participants that flourish in younger age groups.


Note: Participants must have completed grade 8 before attending The YES.  

Pathways Camps


What do we do? Pathways is the next step up from our Roots programs. Participants take on greater responsibility, and are challenged to expand their leadership, self-awareness, and team building skills in the spirit of fun and friendship. This camp gives participants a chance to become an even closer community, having already met each other at the Roots level. For more information, take a look at a typical day at YES camp and some of our favourite camp activities

Who should sign up? This program is intended for older youth who have attended a Roots camp already. If you haven't attended The YES before and are older, we suggest our Roots D camp for an introduction to our program.

Note: If you are interested in attending a Pathways camp but have not attended a Roots, please be in touch with us at to discuss options. 

Enter our Registration Portal by clicking the button above to create an account as parent, or primary contact. Add your participant to your account, and select the program that you'd like to register for.

Camp Fees

Camp Rate: $875.00

Early Bird Rate: $825.00 


Standard camp fees are due two weeks prior to the start of the registered camp date unless an arrangement has been made with the office or sponsors. Please see our camp policies for further information on refunds.

The YES makes every effort to make camp accessible to everyone and we understand that camp fees may be a challenge for many families. To help with the cost of camp, there are monthly payment plans available within our registration process as well as financial subsidies from The YES and sponsorships from many BC Co-ops and Credit Unions. More information about sponsorship is available here

Location and Transportation



All camps take place at Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre on Vancouver Island. Learn more about this beautiful site here

All transportation to Roots and Pathways camps, excluding ferry fare, is included in the camper fee. Pick up and drop off are available from Kelowna, Merritt, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Participants must get themselves to one of these locations or be dropped off directly at the site. More information about transportation is available here






You can read our COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan herePlease contact us with any questions at 604-960-1377 or

In alignment with current public health orders, we have a camp capacity of 50 participants per week. As we receive safety and health updates this Spring, we hope to expand this number.